Objectives: Crossroads Youth Center’s Unite Against Bullying ME Project is a free program to Raise Awareness of Bullying Prevention and to honor and support October as National Bullying Prevention month through events, activities and education. Funds raised are granted back to schools and organizations in the form of educational resources. The Unite Against Bullying ME Walk-Run or Roll is an annual event and fundraiser to support the Project expanding and developing into multiple walks throughout the state of Maine every September and October. If you are interested in holding a walk in your town or at your school, please contact us.
The UAB Project supports Maine Schools and community in the laws and effects of bullying with a day of Unity to includes a walk and family day following the walk that includes vendors, games, music and activities.
Free School Visits
UAB offers free school readings and individual classroom visits from our PEER AMBASSADOR and Crown CARES (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools) programs. Our programs are researched based. Call today to schedule a visit to your school and UNITE AGAINST BULLYING. 207-838-2146.
What is Bullying
What is bullying? In Deb Landry’s book, The Comfort Zone with Meline Kevorkian Ed.D. and Robin D’Antona, Ed.D. the authors summarize bullying as Intentional, repetitive and always involving an imbalance of power. To elaborate on the definition we know that many people might think this behavior is simply explained. However it is not.
Their first image of bullying might be of a physically intimidating boy beating up a smaller classmate
While that can still be considered bullying today, parents need to know that bullying behaviors can be much more complex and varied than the stereotype bullying might be of a physically intimidating boy beating up a smaller classmate.
As a starting point let’s consider a few other features that have been included in definitions of bullying. Although definitions vary from source to source, most agree that an act is defined as bullying when: The behavior hurts or harms another person physically or emotionally.
The targets have difficulty stopping the behavior directed at them, and struggle to defend themselves.
Many definitions include the statement used above of an ”imbalance of power”, described as when the student with the bullying behavior has more “power”, either physically, socially, or emotionally, such as a higher social status, is physically larger or emotionally intimidating.
Many other definitions include:
The types of Bullying: The behavior can be overt, with physical behaviors, such as fighting, hitting or name calling, or it can be covert, with emotional-social interactions, such as gossiping or leaving someone out on purpose.
Intent on the part of the student with bullying behavior: “It is intentional, meaning the act is done willfully, knowingly, and with deliberation to hurt or harm,” but there is some controversy with this statement as some assert that not all bullying behavior is done with intent or that the individual bullying realizes that their behavior is hurting another individual.
Distinction about amount and duration: Many definitions indicate that the bullying is “repeated”, but the reality is that bullying can be circumstantial or chronic. It might be the result of a single situation, such as being the new student at school, or it might be behavior that has been directed at the individual for a long period of time.
About The Walk
Crossroads developed the Unite walk to Raising Awareness of Bullying Prevention and to honor and support October as National Bullying Prevention month through events, activities and education. The walk is established as an annual event with plans to expand and develop into a walk(s) throughout the entire state.
The following is a list of vendors, sponsors and individuals that support the walk. Join us to support Maine Schools and community with the family fun day that includes a walk followed by a concert on the quad at Thornton Academy with vendors, games and activities.
Bryson Taylor Publishing
WMTW-8 Rise Up Against Bullying Crossroads Youth Center
TA Middle School Nation Junior Honor Society
Saco Bay Center For Civic Engagement
Bangor Savings Bank
Maine Books for Maine Kids
Musicians and Special Guest:
Meghan Torjussen, WMTW 8
Senator Linda Valentino
Rep. Terry Morrison, SP
Rep. Justin Chenette, Saco
Entertainment for the afternoon:
is a musician form Londonderry, NH. She will be showcasing her original music and entertaining listeners with her
familiar cover sets spanning many decades and genres.
She released her long awaited debut album “The Good, The Bad & The Awkward” in Summer 2014. The album features her single “Sticks and Stones”,
one of many songs Amanda has written about overcoming bullying and negativity, that has been featured in documentaries, been honored with many awards and has received buzz from as far away as California.
Coda Sky is a six member Boston based alternative rock band comprised of one girl and five boys. The band was formed from an open audition process which attracted the best of the best teen performers from the greater New England area. The objective was to form a band which had male and female vocal depth, strong and well balanced musicality, and be in a standalone class for its extreme talent. It is all too common to see young bands showing recognized dominance by specific band members while others show their inexperience and struggle to blend in. Day 1 the band sounded like they had been together for a long time and were ready for live performances. Under the guidance of their Manager, Patty Duffey, owner of The Young Performers Club and Music On & Up, they will be positioned to rise up the charts as a top co-ed alternative rock band. The music will be upbeat teen rock/pop songs with a bit of country flair. Patty has a long resume of management success in the young performer market. As the Managers say, this is raw talent all together! The band’s Music Director is Marc Delcore and producers are Brian Maes and Marc Delcore.
The band’s mission is to support anti-bullying prevention and organizations focused on anti-bullying programs.
Booths and Vendors
Jamberry Nail Wraps
National Miss Maine
Pink Zebra Candles TAMS NJHS
Saco Fire Department
Saco Center for Civic Engagement
South Hill Designs
Masons Chips Program
Jewelry by Abby USAN Miss Maine
and many more
Friendly Bystander Sponsors
Law Office of Joseph Mekonis, P.A., Saco
John Scully’s Uechi Ryu Karate Academy, Saco
Dare To Dream Photography, Roque Bluffs, Maine
Slyders Restaurant OOB
Mike Paul Foundations Inc. Saco
J. Hannah Mechanical, Saco
Bolduc Eye Care, Biddeford